The curriculum in chemistry prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and related fields and for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. It prepares students to teach in secondary schools or to work in chemical and industrial laboratories and in related fields of business and industry.
With the proper selection of electives, the degree satisfies admission requirements to most professional school such as schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
The biochemistry concentration focuses on the biological aspects of chemistry, including molecular genetics and molecular biotechnology.
The chemical modeling concentration emphasizes areas of overlap between chemistry and the mathematical sciences and computer science. Students in this concentration will focus on learning the chemistry and computer technology for modeling the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules.
The chemical science concentration is tailored for the pre-professional study of the health sciences and other interdisciplinary areas where an emphasis on chemistry is sought. This concentration for the bachelor's degree in chemistry permits students to select more courses from other disciplines. With fewer requirements in mathematics, physics and chemistry, this concentration is one option for students planning to study medicine or dentistry.
The professional chemist concentration requires a greater number of chemistry courses, and is designed for students whose future studies or career plans involve chemistry as a central theme. With the proper combination of courses, this degree can be certified as meeting the requirements of the American Chemical Society.
The capstone requirement includes upper level lecture and upper level laboratory courses to include a research component.
Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
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|SDV 100 (or SDV 101)||College Success Skills||UNIV 101||1||Elective|
|ENG 111||College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.||UNIV 111-112||3||General education|
|General Education (or ITE 115/119)||CHM 111 General Chemistry I||CHEM/Z 101||4||Major (Ancillary)|
|MTH 167||Precalculus with Trigonometry Note: Students taking the two semester sequence of precalculus must take both MTH 161 and 162 for a total of 6 credits||MATH 151||5||General education|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||UNIV 200||3||General education|
|MTH 263||Calculus I||MATH 200||4||Major (Ancillary)|
|Laboratory Science #1||CHM 112 General Chemistry II||CHEM/Z 102||4||Major|
|Social/Behavioral Science||Select 1: PLS 135 American National Politics OR PLS 211 United States Government I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology I||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|HIS Elective||HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II||HIST||3||General education|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|MTH 264||Calculus II||MATH 201||4||Major (Ancillary)|
|Math or Science 1||CHM 241 Organic Chemistry I||CHEM 301||3||Major|
|Math or Science 2||CHM 245 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||CHEZ 301||2||Major|
|Social/Behavioral Science||Select 1: PLS 135 American National Politics OR PLS 211 United States Government I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology I OR PLS 241 International Relations I||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|CST||Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication||SPCH 121||3||Elective|
|Math or Science 3||CHM 242 Organic Chemistry II||CHEM 302||3||Major|
|Math or Science 4||CHM 246 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||CHEZ 302||2||Major|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||Select 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|Laboratory Science #2||Select 1: PHY 201 General College Physics I (Biochemistry or Chemical Science concentrations) OR PHY 231 General University Physics I (Chemical Modeling or Professional Chemist concentrations)||PHYS 201 or PHYS 207||4 to 5||Major (Ancillary)|
|Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU||60 to 62|
|Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.)||0 to 8||General education (not waived by associate degree)|
|CHEM 309 + CHEZ 309||Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory||5||Major|
|CHEM 313 or CHEM 314||Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry with Math Modules||3 to 4||Major|
|CHEZ 313||Physical Chemistry I Laboratory||2||Major|
|CHEM 315||Physical Chemistry II||3||Major|
|CHEM 320||Inorganic Chemistry I||3||Major|
|CHEM 398||Professional Practices and Perspectives Seminar||1||Major|
|To complete the capstone experience, choose at least one two-credit 400-level CHEZ course or two credits of CHEM 392 or CHEM 492 and at least one three-credit 400- or 500-level CHEM course. See VCU advisor for course options.||5||Major|
|STAT 210||Basic Practice of Statistics||3||Major (Ancillary)|
|PHYS||Select 1: PHYS 202 General College Physics II OR PHYS 208 University Physics II (select course based on NOVA Physics course selected)||4 to 5||Major (Ancillary)|
|Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits (300- or 400-level courses) to graduate from VCU.||12 to 13||Elective|
|Open electives||12 to 22||Elective|
|Credits completed at VCU||58 to 60|
|Bachelor's degree total||120|